On a night when the theme of change and cultural fusion echoed in lyrics, performances and acceptance speeches, Colombian rocker Juanes who’s become a voice for social issues walked away as king of the Latin Grammys.
At Thursday’s Houston debut of the ceremony, the 36-year-old singer-songwriter from Medellin who started a foundation to help land-mine victims, swept awards in all five categories for which he was nominated, including record of the year and album of the year.
He also set a new record for total wins, bringing his total Latin Grammy trophies to 17.
“I can’t believe it. I am very, very happy, very grateful to life, to music, to God, to the Academy,’’ Juanes said after the awards, noting that he had trouble containing his amazement while accepting the awards.
Hollywood mermaid Daryl Hannah will be on board a militant conservationist group’s ship for a looming confrontation with Japan’s whalers in the Antarctic, the captain said last week.
“Daryl is joining our group,” Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson said. “She’ll be on board — she’s joining us at the end of the month.”
Hannah, blonde star of Ron Howard’s 1984 mermaid fantasy Splash and more recently featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies, will be on the Sea Shepherd’s flagship the Steve Irwin for its annual joust with the whalers.
The ship was named after the Australian environmentalist and television “crocodile hunter” killed by a stingray in 2006.
While Hannah has been busy preparing to save the whales, fellow Hollywood luminary Lindsay Lohan has raised a few eyebrows after referring to President-elect Barack Obama as the country’s “first colored president,” using the outdated and derogatory term in a TV interview.
Describing her experience on Election Day on the show Access Hollywood, Lohan said: “It was really exciting. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s our first colored president.”
Interviewer Maria Menounos didn’t question the 22-year-old actress on her use of the term, which dates back to the period when blacks were legally discriminated against. Access Hollywood also didn’t cite her remark in its online story, but did post an “extended interview” video on its Web site that included the remark. A spokesman for the syndicated entertainment news program said in a statement on Wednesday: “We believe the word in question that Ms Lohan used was unintelligible.”
Moving from “foot in mouth” to “foot in someone else’s mouth”; Rapper Kanye West was arrested on Friday after a fracas outside a nightclub.
The 31-year-old star was detained early Friday after an incident involving a photographer outside the Tup Tup Palace bar in Newcastle, northern England, but was later released without charge.
On the other side of the Atlantic, things are also looking up for Britney Spears. Last year the troubled star was taking court-ordered drug and alcohol tests, had fired her managers, was losing custody of her kids, and some journalists were preparing her obituary. This week, she was caring for her children like any mother would when she rushed 2-year-old Jayden James to a hospital after a bad reaction to something he ate. As for her career, only one week ago she was on stage performing with Madonna and on the brink of an extraordinary musical comeback.
Last-minute show cancellations may be a thing of the recent past for Britney, but sadly not so for R’n’B singer Rihanna. The globe-trotting diva canceled a sold-out concert in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday because of security concerns, event organizers said. Indonesia has been on alert in case of reprisals after three Islamist militants were executed early this week for their parts in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people.
With six kids to watch over, Changeling star Angelina Jolie told the BBC she plans to fade away from acting to spend more time raising her family, but she stopped short of pledging to quit her craft for good. “I don’t plan to keep acting very long, I’m ready to do a few things now and fade away and get ready to be a grandma one day,” Jolie told the British broadcaster in an interview posted on the BBC Web site on Thursday.
In other news, a southern California dental assistant who admitted to stalking Miss Congeniality actress Sandra Bullock has been placed on three years’ probation. Marcia Valentine, 47, was arrested in April of last year after police said she tried to run down Bullock’s husband, motorcycle mogul Jesse James, outside the couple’s home in Sunset Beach.
This year’s Kuandu Arts Festival (關渡藝術節), which opened on Sept. 23 and runs through Nov. 29, is focused on music. Under the theme “Joy of Music,” a nod to the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, the program features performances by seven symphony orchestras as well as several Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA, 國立臺北藝術大學) student and faculty shows, in addition to the annual film and animation festivals. However, there is still room for other performing arts, and two productions this weekend and next at the university in the hills of Taipei’s Guandu area (關渡) feature students from the
The prognosis for biodiversity on Earth is grim. According to a sobering report released by the UN last year, 1 million land and marine species across the globe are threatened with extinction — more than at any other period in human history. According to a recent study, about 20 percent of the countries in the world risk ecosystem collapse due to the destruction of wildlife and their habitats, a result of human activity in tandem with a warming climate. The US is the ninth most at risk. Despite this desperate outlook, the Trump administration, as part of its aggressive rollback of regulations designed
A disconsolate mother dressed in white wanders through Mexico City’s floating gardens looking for her children killed by COVID-19, in a pandemic-era adaptation of a legend rooted in Aztec mythology. The traditional play La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) returns to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xochimilco ahead of the Day of the Dead with a poignant tribute to the victims of COVID-19. The ghost with flowing black hair, who according to legend reappears every year searching for her downed children, has spread throughout Latin America. “It’s dedicated to the memory of all the people who left without saying goodbye to their loved